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MTTC Reading: Role & Function of Reading Professionals - Chapter Summary
The lessons and assessments of this chapter will help you review the role of reading specialists, and how the involvement of children's families, other professionals, legislation and professional organizations can aid in the teaching of reading skills. In this series of short, engaging lesson videos our professional instructor will review:
- How to work with the families of students
- Positive communications within educational partnerships
- Community resources that are helpful in the development of reading skills
- Techniques of becoming an effective teacher and the role of reading specialist
- Maintaining records as a reading instructor
- Professional development and supervising reading programs
- Legislative influences on education
- The purpose of the National Education Association (NEA) and American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
If at any time you find yourself confused about a topic, be sure to ask our professional instructors for assistance, so that they can help you master the material before exam day. In addition to watching the lesson videos of this chapter, read the lesson transcripts that present written overviews of the lessons and identify the key vocabulary of the chapter. Then take the lesson quizzes to assess your understanding of the lessons.
MTTC Reading: Role & Function of Reading Professionals Objectives
Future Michigan reading teachers are administered the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Reading exam to ensure they know what they need to know to teach students reading skills. This exam is composed of 100 multiple-choice questions that are administered in a 4.5-hour testing session. Fifteen percent of the material covered by this exam will test your understanding of professional, program and curriculum development. Use the activities of this chapter to prepare for some of these questions to ask you about professional practices working with families and communities.
1. Involving Family & Other Professionals in Child Assessments
In this lesson, we will look at the kinds of professionals who might be involved in child assessments and how to encourage the family to participate in the ongoing assessment of their children.
2. Parent Teacher Conference Tips
'It takes a village to raise a child.' Although many know this to be an old African proverb, research has shown that student achievement increases when parents and teachers work together. This lesson will explore the importance of the parent-teacher conference when it comes to student success.
3. Communicating Effectively Within Positive Education Partnerships
In education, partnerships between teachers and parents, professionals, school and community groups, and others often exist to benefit young children. This lesson focuses on ways to communicate effectively to help these partnerships succeed.
4. Community Resources for Reading Development
In this lesson, we will discuss how to identify and recruit a variety of community resources to promote reading development. These strategies serve to both engage the student in reading for pleasure and engage the community in improving literacy.
5. Becoming an Effective Teacher
Understanding the principles and theories of educational psychology is essential for teachers but simply understanding is not enough. Future teachers must embrace sound educational principles and seek opportunities for growth throughout their careers. This lesson will focus on the qualities of an effective teacher, including pedagogical content knowledge awareness, reflective teaching and action research.
6. The Role of the Reading Specialist
You might be wondering what a reading specialist is and how s/he relates to other professionals at your school. This lesson gives you insight into this important position.
7. Maintaining Records & Reports as a Reading Instructor
All teachers rely upon paperwork to portray the position of student learning. This lesson discusses how to use records and reports to improve your role as a reading instructor.
8. How to Teach Teachers How to Teach
Not everyone was born to teach, but that doesn't mean you can't still make an impact in the classroom. This lesson will highlight how to teach teachers how to teach. A short quiz will follow to test you knowledge.
9. Supervising & Staffing Reading Programs
In this lesson, we'll explore effective supervisory strategies for selecting qualified reading staff, implementing and supervising reading programs, and determining appropriate resource allocation for students and teachers.
10. Teacher Expectations & Attributions
Attributions for success and failure drive future expectations for learning and success. Students attribute their successes or failures to a number of factors. Teachers also make attributions for student performance. This lesson will explore teacher expectations and attributions that affect classroom and individual student performance.
11. Legislative Influences on Reading Instruction
When you teach reading, you choose the approach that best suits your class's needs. The legal system guides you in regards to reading content and about the necessary measures if reading skills are not at grade-level. This lesson discusses these legal aspects.
12. National Education Association (NEA): Overview, Membership Requirements & Activism
The National Education Association (NEA) is a major force in the world of American education. Watch this lesson to find out what the NEA is, what it does, what its core values are, who can become a member, and how to join.
13. American Federation of Teachers (AFT): Overview, Membership Requirements & Activism
The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) provides many benefits to its members across the country. In this lesson, we'll explore the AFT, including how to join, the structure of the organization, and its mission and work across the United States.
14. Field-Specific Professional Organizations in Education
Joining a professional education organization can provide educators with all sorts of benefits. But how can a teacher find an association in his or her content area? Watch this lesson for the benefits of field-specific organizations and how to find one.
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Other chapters within the MTTC Reading (05): Practice & Study Guide course
- MTTC Reading: The Reading Process
- MTTC Reading: Teaching Language Arts
- MTTC Reading: Learning Theories
- MTTC Reading: Factors Affecting Student Learning
- MTTC Reading: Language Development
- MTTC Reading: Emergent Literacy
- MTTC Reading: Phonology, Phonemes & Phonics
- MTTC Reading: Uses of Language
- MTTC Reading: Understanding Literature
- MTTC Reading: Using Literary Texts
- MTTC Reading: Developing & Promoting Literacy
- MTTC Reading: Reading Comprehension Strategies
- MTTC Reading: Promoting Study Strategies
- MTTC Reading: Teaching Comprehension
- MTTC Reading: Speaking & Listening Skills
- MTTC Reading: Oral Communication in the Classroom
- MTTC Reading: Promoting Written Communication
- MTTC Reading: Grammar
- MTTC Reading: Spelling & Punctuation
- MTTC Reading: Writing Skills
- MTTC Reading: Teaching Vocabulary Skills
- MTTC Reading: Planning Reading Curriculum
- MTTC Reading: Assessment Uses & Data
- MTTC Reading: Reading Assessments
- MTTC Reading: Using Reading Assessment Data
- MTTC Reading: Readers with Special Needs
- MTTC Reading: Teaching Readers with Special Needs
- MTTC Reading Flashcards